Oxford City Council draft budget set to be debated

Oxford City Council's draft budget for 2013/14 will be debated by its executive later as it seeks to continue making £7m of savings over four years.

Parking permits and council house rents could increase under the plans.

The council says a proposed 2% increase in its council tax precept will protect them against an anticipated drop in central government funding.

The authority has pledged additional spending on sports pavilions and roads on housing estates.

A capital spending programme of £115m is proposed over four years, allowing the council to invest in its housing stock and build a new competition swimming pool at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre.

It hopes to create an additional 1,000 jobs in that time.

A public consultation runs until the end of January with full council set to approve the draft budget on 18 February.

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